Iran nuclear talks: challenges ahead


Iranian officials have been anxious to achieve the immediate removal of sanctions that have crippled their country’s economy and reduced energy exports while the US favours the gradual and phased removal of sanctions


Negotiations have continued in Vienna, Austria for some days to reach a final agreement between Iran and the world’s powers. It has been reported that the states engaged in negotiations have agreed on a tentative formula for sanctions relief but there are issues that are likely to hinder progress. One major issue is the divergent views of Iran and western powers over the lifting of UN sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missiles programme and arms embargo. Iranians want these sanctions to be lifted when all other UN sanctions will be removed while western states insist on continuation of sanctions on the ballistic missiles programme.